Durbin, Risch, Leahy, Members Introduce Bipartisan Resolution To Support Upcoming Presidential Election In The Gambia

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) Ranking Member James Risch (R-ID), and Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Patrick Leahy (D-VT), along with Senators Chris Coons (D-DE), Mike Rounds (R-SD), SFRC Africa Subcommittee Ranking Member, and John Boozman (R-AR), today introduced a bipartisan resolution expressing support for a free, fair, and peaceful December 4, 2021, presidential election in The Gambia.  The upcoming election will be the first presidential election since longtime autocrat Yayha Jammeh lost his reelection bid in 2016.

“Resolved, That the Senate—congratulates the Gambian people on the successful 2016 presidential election; supports the courageous and necessary work of the Truth, Reconciliation, and Reparations Commission to bring accountability, healing, and reconciliation to the nation; calls on all parties and presidential candidates to participate in a free, fair, credible, and peaceful December 4, 2021, presidential election in The Gambia; and, expresses the support of the American people in The Gambia’s continued and noteworthy democratic path forward,” the members stated in the resolution.

Full text of the resolution is available here.